- Lose-lose. At our hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, a convention of either transvestites, transgender individuals, or some combination of the two dominated the hotel. The organization was “Himmaher”…I think I’m spelling it right. [Correction: I wasn’t. And that wasn’t the organization; it was the name that was listed for the gathering, and the name was HIMMERSHE. Thanks to Zanshin in the Comments below for the correction.]
I had several illuminating encounters. I don’t know that this is true of all such people, but the members of this association or club all seemed to want to make any non-club member they saw as uncomfortable as possible. Yes, that’s unethical. How you choose to dress, what you choose to have lopped off, and who you want to sleep with could not interest me less, and that is the attitude a society like ours should strive to encourage. (None of those things should engender and advantages, either.) But what these people seemed to be seeking was imposed ethics zugswang. If you looked directly at them, the response was a chip-on-the-shoulder, “Go ahead and stare, honey: neverf seen a freak before?” If you appeared to be avoiding staring—I regard a six-foot ex-male standing in the middle of a hotel lobby in a wig, skimpy bathing suit, 6 inch heels and speaking loudly in a base voice as parading a psychological problem or ten, and deserving the same social courtesy I would offer to a Tourette’s victim or a hebephrenic—then the individual decided to make it a project to get you to stare, as if your failure to provide the attention they craved was an insult.
Yeah, I know this is a stage, similar to the early stages of the gay rights movement.
- How do they get away with this? Waiting for our plane to take off, and seeking to get smashed as quickly as possible, I visited a food and drink place on the concourse called “Maragaritaville” which didn’t sell margaritas. How is that not deceptive advertising?
Would it be ethical to name a vegan restaurant “The Big Beef”? A pizza place “Peking Gourmet”?
- Southwest Airlines is ridiculous. So our price for less expensive tickets is deliberately imposed chaos? Last time I used the carrier there was just a first come, first served line for seats. That was bearable. Now you are required to stand between signs on poles that correspond with your ticket number. Mine returning was C-23, so I had to report when called to a six foot long queuing area designated C 21-25. It reminded me of Ellis Island, or perhaps a cattle show.
Then, again, the Incompetent Agent Feature took over, as it does so often with all airlines, creating special mass confusion thanks to the Southwest “system.” In such a system, saying “A 31-60” when you mean “B 31-60” is a rather basic error that should be avoided, and avoidable.
- Burt and Han. Finally, there was this item that emerged while I was otherwise engaged, that should have gone into the Movie Ethics post.
Burt Reynolds died, and in the process of trying to explain why his career as a major movie star cratered so suddenly, several tributes and obituaries mentioned some of the movie roles he turned down, including Han Solo. Intentional or not, this is an appeal to consequentialism. It also sparked an outbreak of hindsight bias. When Burt passed on the now iconic role in “Star Wars,” he and his agent had no way of knowing that the film wouldn’t be regarded as proof the Burt was on the skids. At that time, sci-fi action movies were regarded as bargain Blockbuster fodder, and taking such a role would have been a risky gamble that Reynolds didn’t need to take. There’s a good reason George Lucas ended up casting the unemployed actor who was doing carpentry work on his house. But now everyone says that Burt was a fool, and arrogant to boot, passing up a chance to play a great role in a classic. It’s a classic now, it wasn’t a classic then. Burt’s decision was rational and defensible when he made it.
He would have been terrific in that role, though.